ZTE Score M Review


Mainly due to its weak earpiece and speakerphone, it’s almost impossible to hold conversations in areas where there is a lot of background noise. Making matters worse, it doesn’t help when voices on our end are rather monotone in quality.

Strangely, the ZTE Score M appears to have a general weak connection to the network as its signal strength is usually around the -102 dBm mark. Compounding the headache, it has never managed to obtain full bars during our usage.

Taking into account that it doesn’t even offer 3G connectivity, we were expecting to see it excel in the battery life department. Sadly, that isn’t the case, as we find ourselves having the need to charge it every night. Specifically, after a single day of normal usage, its battery level is dangerously low at 10 percent.


So, what did we see with the ZTE Score M? Essentially, this is one of those kinds of smartphones where the notion of “you get what you paid for” is its perfect summation. Indeed, it’s wonderful that it’s priced at $50 without a contract, but even with that, we know it’s possible to find something that whips up a decent overall experience. Unfortunately, this isn’t that device, and instead, it’s the epitome of cheap in every way, shape, and form. For an additional $40, you’re better off picking up the HTC Wildfire S for MetroPCS.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.4
Software Version: X500M_TA_16
Kernel Version:

ZTE Score M Review:


  • Really cheap price
  • Lightweight


  • Cheap feeling construction
  • Bland design
  • Sluggish overall performance
  • Inadequate battery life
  • Terrible signal strength

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10 Reviews



1. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

So even for $50 off contract, this thing still isn't really worth your money!?

2. LMAT2012

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

This review is totally biased. I this is not "the epitome of a cheap phone"! The camera works great! I also found that it made older pictures I took look better. I think this is a great phone! I am very glad I did not take the advise of the review.

3. anishraj

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I baught this phone a couple days back.. realy ZTE is doing good the features are simply super its has both 2G and 3G..and camera functions with 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash with latest version of Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) iam really enjoying my time in dis phone and in the case of software problems ZTE has official website for software issues and i like to share the S/W link:ww.zteusa.com/,click Devices-->Product List(choose models here)-->Product support

4. sanjayheadlam

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

is that a camera at the front of the phone

5. anishraj

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

@ sanjayheadlam !!! this phone contains both front and back camera, the camera clarity simply super.....

6. harrytheharbinger

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

the review is cyniacal..infact i have one and the phone is not so bad....
Score M
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh

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